Today, the government announced the outcome of the DCMS funded Cultural Recovery Fund. We are pleased to share the news that Derby Theatre has been successful in receiving a grant of £365,645, and we are incredibly grateful to the DCMS and Arts Council England for this vital financial support.
These funds will provide an essential lifeline between now and March – allowing us to continue to trade viably for the medium term and meeting basic overhead costs. We will be producing a series of small scale, socially distanced performances for our audiences to enjoy and continuing our high impact work in the community.
The impact of Covid-19 continues to have a devastating and far reaching impact on us as an organisation. We continue to be incredibly grateful to the University of Derby, Arts Council England, our audiences and other funders for supporting us over the past few months, and we continue to work on our plans for recovery, financial viability and stability.
Sarah Brigham (CEO & Artistic Director for Derby Theatre) said:
“This is fantastic news and a much needed lifeline. This will allow us to cover some basic overheads and offer a small scale programme of socially distanced performances to our audiences this Christmas.
Of course, we are still unable to return to running at full capacity for the foreseeable future. The Theatre lost 50% of our revenue overnight, and until we can return to allowing full audiences in once again, it is impossible to replace that funding.
I am very proud, however, that despite these challenges, our team have continued to deliver our frontline services to young people in care and the community, and we have even managed to delight our audiences through online theatre content.
When we officially re-open in December, it will be with a much reduced programme, but audiences can still expect all the sparkle of the theatre delivered in a safe and Covid-secure way, and we remain hopeful that it won’t be too long before we can be running at full capacity.”